Answering Main Street Canada




Answering Main Street Canada


Answering Main Street Canada


We offer you an article written by Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Managing Editor of Orthodox Canada and the Dean of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton ON, Canada.

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of dining in Toronto’s “Greek Town” with a sister in Christ, a Greek grandmother who had been around the Church all her life, and who was a true realist. As we walked through the warm summer streets, surrounded by mobs of young people – many of them Greek, and presumably Orthodox Christians – my friend let out an audible exclamation.

“Look at them, Father – they don’t even know what an Orthodox priest is! Why aren’t they at Church?! They should be ashamed of themselves!”

Of course hearing this, all these young people heard the voice of their own yia-yia, or grandmother, confronting them with their own lack of piety, spiritual observance, and Continue reading “Answering Main Street Canada”


Sara Hillis, Canada: My journey from witchcraft to Orthodoxy


My Journey From Witchcraft To Orthodoxy

Sara Hillis, Canada

“The Illumined Heart” podcasts from Ancient Faith Radio with host Kevin Allen, featuring Sara Hillis, a musician and English literature scholar who became a witch priestess before encountering Christ and finding the Orthodox Church! Sara is now a parishioner of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

Part 1 (May 30, 2008) | Part 2 (June 6, 2008)



Saint Brendan the Navigator from Ireland to North America (+578)

Saint Brendan the Navigator

from Ireland to North America (+578)

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.”

Psalm 107:23-24

St Brendan the Navigator

St Brendan, The Navigator was born in Fenit Co. Kerry in 484. Educated by Bishop Erc in Kerry, set his skills to developing his knowledge to the art of ship building and the rules of the seas around Fenit Island. Building a simple boat made out of wood and leather, St Brendan set sail and discovered America in search of the Promised Land of the Saints. His journey and adventures were outlined in his journal the Navigatio Sancti Brendani which even inspired the Great Christopher Columbus himself on his voyage of discovery many years later.


Our father among the saints Brendan was born about 484 AD to an Irish family near the present city of Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. At a very young age he began his education in the priesthood and studied under St. Ita at Killeedy. Later he completed his studies under St. Erc, who ordained him in 512 AD.
During the next twenty years of his life, St. Brendan sailed all around the Islands surrounding Erie (Ireland), spreading the word of God and founding monastery after monastery. The most notable of these is Clonfert in Galway, which he founded around 557 AD, and which lasted well into the 1600s. St. Brendan died around 578 AD and his feast day is marked on May 16th.

Brendan’s first voyage took him to the Arran Islands, where he founded a monastery, and to many other islands which he only visited, including Hynba Island off Scotland, where he is said to have met Columcille (Columba). On this voyage he also traveled to Wales, and finally to Brittany, on the northern coast of France.

The event that St. Brendan is most celebrated for, however, is his voyage to the “Land of Promise”. Sometime in his early journeys, St. Brendan heard from another monk the story of a land far to the west, which the Irish claimed was a land of plenty.

He and a small group of monks including, possibly, St. Machutus, fasted for forty days, then set sail for this land in order to investigate and ‘convert’ the inhabitants. Altogether the journey took seven years.

In the ninth century, an Irish monk wrote an account of the voyage in the Navigatio Sancti Brendani (Voyage of St. Brendan). This book remained popular throughout the entire Middle Ages, and made Brendan famous as a voyager.

The account is characterized by a great deal of literary license and contains references to hell where “great demons threw down lumps of fiery slag from an island with rivers of gold fire” and “great crystal pillars”. Many now believe these to be references to the volcanic activity around Iceland, and to icebergs.

Upon reaching their destination, they engaged a guide who took them around the land. They went inland but were prevented from going further by a great river. Soon after this, St. Brendan, and the remainder of his colleagues sailed back to Ireland. Only a few survived the journey.

In modern times the story was dismissed as pure fabrication, but in the 1970′s a man named Tim Severin became fascinated with the story and decided to replicate St. Brendan’s journey. Severin built a boat made of hides tanned with oak bark just like the one described in the ancient text. The hides were sewn together over a bent frame of ash wood and the seams were sealed with animal fat and grease. With a group of volunteers he set sail for America and made his way to Newfoundland. His journey is covered in “The Brendan Voyage: Across the Atlantic in a Leather Boat”.


Tim Severin

The Brendan Voyage (1976–1977)

It is theorized by some scholars, that the Latin texts of Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis (The Voyage of St. Brendan the Abbot) dating back to at least 800 AD tell the story of Brendan’s (c. 489–583) seven-year voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to a new land and his return. Convinced that the “Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis (The Voyage of St. Brendan the Abbot)” was based in historical truth, in 1976 Severin built a replica of Brendan’s currach. Handcrafted using traditional tools, the 36-foot (11 m), two masted boat was built of Irish ash and oak, hand-lashed together with nearly two miles (3 km) of leather thong, wrapped with 49 traditionally tanned ox hides, and sealed with wool grease.

Between May 1976 and June 1977, Severin and his crew sailed the Brendan 4,500 miles (7,200 km) from Ireland to Peckford Island, Newfoundland, stopping at the Hebrides and Iceland en route. He considered that his recreation of the voyage helped to identify the bases for many of the legendary elements of the story: the “Island of Sheep”, the “Paradise of Birds”, “pillars of crystal”, “mountains that hurled rocks at voyagers”, and the “Promised Land”. Severin’s account of the expedition, The Brendan Voyage, became an international best seller, translated into 16 languages.

The boat is now featured at the Craggaunowen open-air museum in County Clare, Ireland.

Source: Wikipedia

An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada


An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada

by Tudor Petcu



Tudor Petcu is a Romanian writer, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going to publish a book of interviews with Westerners converted to Orthodoxy. In this article, he interviews Bev Cooke, a Canadian writer who converted to Orthodoxy.

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TP: Given the fact that you are one of the most well-known orthodox thinkers and writers in the West, I think it would be very good if you could introduce yourself and present the way by which you have discovered the Orthodoxy. Why have you chosen the conversion to Orthodoxy and how do you understand the Orthodox spirituality as a way of living?

Bev Cooke: Thank you very much for those kind words, but I’m really not as famous or as wise as you say! There are a lot of people who are much wiser, and I learn from them every day!

I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario, Canada and was baptized into the Anglican church. My father, the son of a Protestant minister, was a tolerant and gentle atheist who actually taught me a lot about Christian behaviour – he was one of the gentlest, kindest, most accepting and loving men I’ve ever known. My mother left the Anglican church when I was about five (I don’t know why, she never told me). So I grew up in a very secular household, but was always conscious of God and of needing His love, His mercy and his presence in my life.

In my teens, I hung around with a group of Catholic kids, attended mass and the youth group, and almost converted until a kind and wise priest advised me first to explore my own faith, and then decide if I should be Catholic. So I did, and the plan to convert ended up being put on hold for over twenty years and I ended up Orthodox, not Catholic. I was, for a long time, happy and fulfilled in Continue reading “An interview with Orthodox writer Bev Cooke, Canada”

Link: Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory in Brownsburg (Chatham), Quebec, Canada


Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory

in Brownsburg (Chatham), Quebec, Canada

Holy Monastery of Panagia Parigoritissa
Abbess Thekla
827 Chemin de la Carriere
Brownsburg (Chatham),
Quebec, J8G 1K7
Tel: (450) 533-4313
Fax: (450) 533-1169

The Monastery – Click HERE

Chemin de la Carriere, Brownsburg (Chatham)- Click HERE

Brownsburg, Québec, Canada – Click HERE

Saint New Martyr Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile & Canada who martyred in Athens, Greece (+1997) & the miracle Hawaii’s Icon of Holy Virgin Mary ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy


Saint New Martyr Jose Munoz-Cortez

from Chile & Canada who martyred in Athens, Greece (+1997)

& the miracle Hawaii’s Icon of Holy Virgin Mary


From Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy

Saint Jose (Joseph) Muñoz-Cortes (a privately tonsure monk Ambrose; 13 May 1948, Santiago, Chile – 30/31 October 1997, Athens, Greece) was an Orthodox clergyman, the keeper of the Iveron Icon of Montreal.

Jose was born in Chile into a pious Roman Catholic family of Spanish descent. He was a boy of twelve when he became acquainted with Archbishop Leontius (Filippovich) and under his influence José was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia two years later, with his mother’s consent.

A talented artist, he secured a job teaching art at the University of Montreal, and began studying iconography. In the summer of 1982, Brother Joseph went to Mount Athos with a particular interest in visiting some sketes and monasteries specializing in icon painting.

At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, Brother Joseph felt an immediate and strong attraction for an icon of the Mother of God, a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient and revered Iveron Icon. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, Abbot Clement, unexpectedly handed the icon to him, saying that it pleased the Mother of God to go with him to America. Back in Montreal, Brother Joseph began reading an akathist daily before the icon. A few weeks later, on November 25, he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new icon was streaked with myrrh, miraculously emanating from the hands of the Mother of God.

For the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the Icon, Brother Joseph devoted himself to its care, accompanying it on numerous trips to parishes all over the United States and Canada, to South America, Australia, and Europe. Brother Joseph was also faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for prayers that he received, daily commemorating scores of people, among whom were several dozen godchildren. Jose was tortured and murdered in an hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of October 30 or 31st, 1997, and the icon has not been seen since. He had planned to return to Canada the following day to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous myrrh on the icon.

Source: Wikipedia




Афонский монах Ефрем (Мораитис) впервые приехал в Америку в 1972 году по приглашению своих духовных чад. Он беседовал с людьми, наставлял, утешал, проповедовал… Почувствовав потребность американцев в живом слове Евангелия и их искание настоящей духовной жизни, старец Ефрем начал свою миссионерскую деятельность. Один за другим он открыл девятнадцать православных монастырей, мужских и женских, в разных регионах США и Канады: Нью-Йорке, Техасе, Флориде, Вашингтоне, Южной Каролине, Пенсильвании, Иллинойсе, Калифорнии, Мичигане, Монреале и Торонто.

Первый его монастырь, обитель святого Антония, был основан в 1995 году в безводной и засушливой пустыне в Аризоне. Жилищем старца Ефрема и его учеников были четыре трейлера. Сегодня монастырь – это цветущий оазис, по числу посетителей обитель святого Антония находится на втором месте в штате Аризона, лишь немного уступая Великому Каньону. Старец Ефрем и сейчас живет в этом монастыре и служит духовным наставником для тысяч мирян, которые приезжают в Аризону со всех уголков планеты.

Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile – Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie, profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada, mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997 ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Romanian






Sfântul Jose Munoz-Cortes (+1997)



Sfântul Nou Mucenic Jose (Iosif) Muñoz-Cortez din Chile –

Romano-Catolic convertit la Ortodoxie,

profesor universitar la Universitatea din Montreal și Canada,

mucenicit în Atena, Gracia la data de 31 octombrie, 1997

Sfântul Nou Mucenic Iosif s-a născut în Chile(America de Nord) la anul 1950, într-o familie catolică practicantă.
La vârsta de 12 ani îl cunoaște pe episcopul ortodox Leontie din Chile, fapt care îl impulsionează să se boteze ortodox doi ani mai târziu.

Era profund impresionat de viața monahală, și cu toate că locuia în oraș, se străduia să urmeze felul de viață al monahilor:cu post, rugăciune și privegheri.

Mai apoi s-a mutat în Canada, unde a lucrat ca profesor de pictură la Universitatea din Montreal, străduindu-se în paralel să învețe pictura bizantină.

În anul 1882 a vizitat Sfântul Munte și a studiat cu atenție mulțimea icoanelor bizantine de acolo. L-a impresionat o copie a icoanei Maicii Domnului – Portaitissa, care se afla într-unul dintre schituri.

A vrut să cumpere icoana, dar s-a întristat când a aflat ca nu este de vânzare. Maica Domnului, i-a pus în minte egumenului să îi dăruiască icoană . Jose s-a bucurat nespus și i-a mulțumit Stăpânei pentru ca făcuse acea minune cu el.

Ajuns acasă, citea în fiecare seară Acatistul Buneivestiri în fața icoanei. După câteva săptămâni toată casa s-a umplut de o bună mireasmă, și a văzut cu surprindere ca din mâna Maicii Domnului izvorăște mir. Cincisprezece ani la rând a continuat această minune.

José a cutreierat întreaga lume, arătându-le oamenilor minunea ce se petrecea, pentru a se slăvi astfel numele Maicii Domnului.

În anul 1997, la data de 31 octombrie, în timp ce se afla în Atena, a fost omorât cu brutalitate de un grup de sataniști, care, mai întâi, l-au chinuit fără milă în camera hotelului unde se afla.

Vrăjmașii credinței nu au răbdat să vadă cum se slăvește în toată lumea numele lui Hristos și al Maicii Sale, dar Dumnezeu i-a pregătit un loc luminat în ceata mucenicilor.

Pentru rugăciunile Sfântului Noului Mucenic Iosif, Doamne Iisuse Hristoase, miluiește-ne pe noi. Amin.





Grave of brother José in Holy Trinity cemetery, Jordanville


The Holy Icon of Virgin Mary of Saint Jose Munoz-Cortes

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Saint Jose Munoz-Cortez from Chile (+1997)

& Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco (+1966)